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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-26-2014 11:50 PM 2360 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I stopped in this gift shop in Plainfield, Il. that had all hand made items and we bought this glass with a jellyfish molded inside and an LED light box that changes colors to mount it on. They also sold these little square black boxes to put them in and I said I can make one for them. So this is what I came up with.

It started as six staves of red gum wood and then I turned it round and put ends in it. The bottom end is some plain red gum and has a round mortice in it to hold it for the final turn to shape. The top is six segments of red gum that was turned to fit into the top of the tube.

After the box was finished being turned, I carved out the front opening to line up with the inside flats on the staves and drilled the clearance hole in the back for the cord end.

The box is finished with 8 coats of Formby’s Tung Oil and the inside is black flocked.

I added some shots below of the process for shaping it.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-27-2014 12:07 AM

I like it a lot Jim. The changing light is cool. I have to say that is a nice piece of Red gum too. This reminds me of the torch I made. This will make a neat night light. Great work. What did you line the inside with?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 06-27-2014 12:57 AM

That’s a neat project Jim…nice work sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 06-27-2014 01:01 AM

Like your idea Jim, neat use for the jellyfish. The red gum came up great, is that the locally grown species the Amish sold you? Our Murray River red gum is much darker.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 06-27-2014 02:03 AM

What a unique idea. Nice work Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 06-27-2014 03:02 AM

Really nice, Jim! Kinda freaky. I swear that pink jellyfish moved when I was looking at it! Thanks for sharing, I think.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 06-27-2014 03:11 AM

Nice idea Jim

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 06-27-2014 03:15 AM

I always love your work Jim. Great idea.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 06-27-2014 04:12 AM

Cool project! You picked some gorgeous wood and really let it speak. Another great project, Jim. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 06-27-2014 06:37 AM

Beautiful work Jim, The Jelly Fish looks right at home too. That Red Gum? Is there an American Red Gum?
I know that in California there is a lot of Australian Gum growing. Whatever the origin, it is lovely wood with nice swirls and an intriguing grain. In one of your shots the lid has a carved look. Nice gloss too.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#10 posted 06-27-2014 06:50 AM

Well, another great piece. However, it looks a little bit heavy to me. LOL.

-- Jim, Ca, [email protected]

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#11 posted 06-27-2014 08:31 AM

Very cool Jim and your part came out perfect. It all looks great together.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 06-27-2014 10:17 AM

Clever indeed…

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#13 posted 06-27-2014 12:24 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. Glad you like it. It was a fun project.

Hi Bob. I think this is a local red gum. I bought it at Keim Lumber in Charm Ohio in the heart of Amish country. I bought the hickory and red gum that day and my wife chose the hickory for her frame and I had this in the barn waiting to be made into something .

Hi Candy. Spooky, isn’t it. It looks like it moves when it changes color. Oh, when you turn off the light, the jellyfish glows in the dark!! I just saw that last night.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 06-27-2014 12:37 PM

That’s just plum neat Jim.

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#15 posted 06-27-2014 12:57 PM

That’s really nice work, Jim.
I turned off the lights and, by golly, you are right.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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